Field Notes

Seven Reasons Why We’re Thankful for Our Incredible Volunteers

December 1, 2020

Never underestimate the power we have when we come together to serve the Sky Islands—to monitor water, eradicate invasive species, and restore the health of all flora, fauna, and people. Together, we can do so much to restore our mountain ranges and desert grasslands. December 7 is this year’s International Volunteers Day. As a thank…
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Get to Know Our Fall 2020 Interns: Ángel Octavio Garcia Godinez

November 25, 2020

We launched our first binational internship program at Sky Island Alliance this year! Despite the many challenges we’ve faced during a global pandemic, the internship program has been an incredible success—so much so that four of our interns from the Universidad de la Sierra (UniSierra) decided to stay on into the fall. ¡Lanzamos nuestro primer…
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Celebrating LGBTQ Environmentalists for LGBTQ STEM Day

November 18, 2020

As a queer science writer working in environmental science and conservation, I both recognize and resonate with the profound ideas and inner strength the LGBTQ+ community brings to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Awareness and LGBTQ+ pride in our society has introduced a sense of confidence and joy to the lives of many LGBTQ+ scientists around the world.  I am often hopeful when I see how far…
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Meet Profauna: An Organization Turning the Tables in Favor of Conservation in Northern Mexico

November 11, 2020

Northern Mexico has had a tragic history of iconic wildlife extinctions due to hunting and persecution by government agencies and landowners. The Mexican Grizzly Bear or Mexican Silvery Bear (Ursus arctos nelson), for example, was a subspecies of the Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos) that used to roam across Chihuahua, Coahuila, Sonora, and Durango and was gradually hunted down so that in 1960 there were only 30 specimens reported. In 1976, after…
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Sky Islands Spotlight: Rodolfo Dirzo

October 13, 2020

This month, Sky Island Alliance is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month. National Hispanic Heritage Month has been observed in the United States since 1968. From September 15 to October 15 annually, the U.S. recognizes and highlights the unique histories, traditions, cultures, and work contributions of the American citizens who have come to the U.S. from…
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Arizona’s First Indigenous Peoples’ Day

October 9, 2020

What does it mean to decolonize conservation? Why does mainstream environmentalism still recognize the 1960s as the “birth of the environmental movement” when communities all around the world have protected Earth’s ecosystem for centuries? How do we as a society, Sky Island Alliance as an organization, and me as an individual push back on persistent dominant narratives that attribute environmentalism to exclusive groups of white Americans? These are questions I reflect upon regularly—and especially today, October…
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Volunteer Spotlight: Brit Rosso

August 24, 2020

Volunteers make Sky Island Alliance work possible—from restoration projects to spring surveys to wildlife tracking, we couldn’t do it without them! Today we’d like to introduce one of our newer volunteers who has become an invaluable asset over the last few months.  Brit Rosso recently joined our Volunteer team after retiring from a 35-year federal career as a wildland firefighter. His knowledge of the area, attention to…
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One decade as a Latinx environmentalist

July 21, 2020

I started my career in conservation in 2010, when I was hired as a Biologist Technician in the Youth Intern Program (YIPs) crew by Saguaro National Park’s Biologist Don Swann. The crew I joined that summer was SUPER diverse! We were all shades and came from all over the place! As a young immigrant from…
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The Environmental Hero Whose Name You May Not Know

Emma Fajardo, Community Engagement Manager at Sky Island Alliance kicked off our celebration of Latino Conservation Week on Monday with a blog post about her experiences as a Latina in conservation. Today we’re highlighting a Latina hero for the environment who is not necessarily associated with environmentalism, and whose name you may not know. I…
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¡Conoce a Naturalia! Nuestro Socio en las Islas del Cielo de México

July 2, 2020

La conservación de las Islas del Cielo es un esfuerzo binacional que requiere de una multitud de dueños y manejadores de la tierra, científicos, voluntarios, y especialistas en conservación en ambos lados de la frontera. Nosotros colaboramos orgullosamente con Naturalia A.C., una organización sin fines de lucro mexicana que ha jugado uno de los papeles más importantes…
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